“The Right: With Friends Like These: The cheerleaders for Bush’s judicial pick found little to cheer.,” by Michael Isikoff, Newsweek, 10 October 2005, http://msnbc.msn.com/id/9629612/site/newsweek/ (from The Corner).
Some revelations from Newsweek on White House staffers who know the truth:
“We are keeping quiet. And hiding from the media,” wrote Abigail Thernstrom, the Bush-designated vice chair of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission and a prominent critic of affirmative-action policies, in an e-mail copied to other members of the network. “As for undermining trust in the president, I am afraid he has accomplished that all on his ownâ€”without any help from us.” (Asked for comment last week, Thernstrom said she was upset that a “private e-mail exchange ends up in the news media.”)
Bush’s defenses of Miers are hollow
Would Bush, [legal scholar Michael Greve] asked, replace Fed chair Alan Greenspan with “a young lady in the basement of the West Wing who did a terrific job on the TX Railroad Commission [and was the] first Armenian bond trader in Dallas …”
The best the apologists can do is argue for silence:
Others stuck by the president. George Terwilliger, a former top Justice Department official who worked for the GOP on the 2000 Florida election battle, said that “unless it does violence to one’s conscience, I would respectfully suggest that we suck it up and show our support” for the administration.
Harriet Miers. Bad for America. Bad for the Supreme Court.